Human Rights and the Arctic Symposium

Human Rights and the Arctic (The 7th Human Rights and Science Symposium)

Friday 29 September 2017 9:00-16:00

House of the Estates (Säätytalo), Helsinki, Finland

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and The Council of Finnish Academies

Homepage and registration

The event on 29th September is open to public. Registration is, however, needed for necessary preparations. Registration is open until August 31. More information and registration see

The 7th symposium “Human Rights and Science” discusses the human rights dimension in the Arctic studies. The focal themes revolve around the rights of the indigenous peoples, preconditions of scientific research in the Arctic, and the human rights perspectives in research and utilization of natural resources. The theme “Arctic” is especially topical in Finland, as Finland will assume the two-year rotating chairmanship position of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum addressing sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic, in May 2017. See the poster of the symposium.

See preliminary programme of the symposium.

The Symposium is organized in collaboration with all the Finnish science academies and hosted by the Council of Finnish Academies. It belongs to a symposium series managed by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

The scientific coordinators of the symposium are Professor Jukka Kekkonen, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies in Helsinki and Dr Judith Miggelbrink, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig.

The guests are welcome to an official reception by the City of Helsinki in the Old City Hall after the symposium. Symposium registration is free of charge; complimentary coffee and lunch are served for all registered guests. The guests are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

The symposium is part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017.